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Farmer unearths civil war bullets

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A farmer stumbled upon a case containing 100 rounds of Soviet-designed RPK bullets for machine guns while ploughing his land in Battambang Province’s Banan district on Sunday.

Officials with the Cambodian Mine Action Centre were called in to take the ammunition for destruction yesterday.

District deputy police chief Roeum Ra, in charge of explosive management, said he promptly reported the matter to CMAC to collect them to avoid any possible accident.

“The rusty bullets were left over from our civil war and were not likely to explode because they were for a machine gun,” he said.

According to the National Police, all of the bullets were of bad quality.

Snoeng commune police chief Taing Tanra said that the area was once a warzone, which was why there were ordnances found often in his commune.

“The farmer who found them was a veteran soldier and realized what they were. They were left from the Khmer Rouge era,” he said.

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